Poland: Operators are leaving

In last year’s December, it was approved the amended Polish Gambling Act, with a new imposition regarding a new domain and also measures to block the payments on operators that aren’t licensed in the country.

Since then, several operators announced the leaving of the Polish market. It was in February that Pinnacle stated they would also leave, and EnergyBet, licensed in Malta, also announced its exit.
News regarding UK operators such as William Hill and Bet365 that told Polish players to withdraw any funds they may have in the casinos ahead of the 1st of April, and the affiliate partners were also told to take out banners and text links related to their Polish operations.

It is still possible that William Hill returns to Poland with a new license, even though there is a 12% tax on sports betting that the Remote Gambling Association and some cabinet ministers derided for rendering the market unviable for online casinos.

The government suggested that it will revisit the taxes, but no one has actually done anything. It has also set a target at July 1st to impose the blocking measures against any unauthorized operator that keeps accepting Polish players.

This new amended Act allows polish gamblers their first government approved access to online casinos, bingo and also poker products, but only if they access the through the Totalizator Sportowy lottery monopoly owed by the state.